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More than 20 Beaver students participate in THON

Last weekend, 24 Penn State Beaver students and a staff adviser traveled to the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University Park, to participate in THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

Audrey Zanath, a junior education major from Aliquippa, Pa., and Matthew Downing, a junior science major from Elgin, Ill., were Beaver’s dancers and they were accompanied by 22 Beaver students known as “moralers,” who were there to provide comfort and support for their friends. Beaver campus students raised approximately $15,000 for THON, although a final total of funds raised will be announced. Beaver students also raised $15,000 for THON last year. The students were accompanied by Parker Goolsby, THON adviser and Beaver campus residence life coordinator.

For information about Beaver’s THON efforts, contact Goolsby at jpg19@psu.edu or 724-773-3952.

Penn State Beaver invites public to attend free play about racial injustice

Penn State Beaver invites the public to attend a free performance of a bold new play about racial injustice. “Blood at the Root” will be presented at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building.

Due to language and themes, the play is suggested for mature audiences.

The play follows six high school students at fictional Cedar High as they struggle to look beyond their personal experiences in order to view life from another’s perspective. It also examines the miscarriage of justice, double standards and racial inequality. “Blood at the Root” was inspired by the Jena Six, a group of young black men in Louisiana who were charged with attempted murder after beating a white student at Jena High School in 2007. The assault occurred during a schoolyard fight after nooses were hung from a large tree in the center of the school courtyard. The tree was referred to by students as the "white tree,” so when a black student requested to sit under the tree, nooses were hung the following day. The conviction of the Jena Six was cited as an example of racial injustice in the United States, due to widespread belief that the boys had been treated unjustly by being charged with offenses that carried more weight than the assault required.

“Blood at the Root” was written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Steve Broadnax, head of the Graduate Acting Program at Penn State University Park. It was commissioned by the Penn State School of Theatre and features students from the Graduate Acting Program. Last summer “Blood at the Root” toured for three weeks in South Africa, culminating at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The play will continue to tour Penn State campuses and other locations across the country.

“Blood at the Root” is co-sponsored by the Beaver campus Office of Student Affairs and the Beaver campus Student Activity Fee; the Penn State Student Activities Cultural Grant; the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses; the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity; and the College of Arts and Architecture. For information, visit http://theatre.psu.edu or contact Beaver’s Office of Campus and Community Relations at 724-773-3816 or amk6@psu.edu.

Public invited to hear presentation by coauthor of 'Stabbed in the Heart'

The public is invited to attend a free presentation by Lynn Shiner, coauthor of the book “Stabbed in the Heart,” 10 a.m., Friday, March 28, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

The program is cosponsored by Crisis Center North, Pittsburgh. Shiner’s two children were murdered, as was the only child of coauthor Nancy Chavez. Shiner’s husband killed their children, Jen and Dave, and then committed suicide. Chavez’s daughter, Randi, was killed by Randi’s husband and his accomplices, all of whom were sentenced to life without parole. With the help of journalist and coauthor Nancy Eshelman, the women decided to write the book as a way to educate the public about children who are murder victims while raising awareness of the issue and dealing personally with their losses.

Shiner is the director of the Office of Victims’ Services with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. She has 35 years of experience in state government and has turned the Victims Compensation Assistance Program into a national model through streamlining processes, legislative changes, and technology enhancements that ensure the program is victim-centered. She received the National Crime Victim Service Award in 2004 from Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Chavez, who also is a victim of domestic violence, organized the 5K Run/Walk for Hope and Courage, which has raised more than $271,000 to provide support for victims’ families. In addition, she established Randi’s House of Angels to assist children and families who are exposed to or are victims of domestic violence. She also sponsors a three-day camp to empower children who have experienced domestic violence. She is a trained mediator for victims of violence for the Pennsylvania Department of Correction and is featured in the Pennsylvania Commission for Women's book, "VOICES - African American and Latina Women Share Their Stories of Success.”

Eshelman spent most of her career at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, where she was a reporter, editor, and columnist. She is the recipient of awards from The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and The Associated Press Managing Editors. She has taught at Temple University, Penn State Harrisburg, and Lebanon Valley College and currently teaches part-time at York College of Pennsylvania.

For information about the women and the book, visit http://www.rjdblessings.com. For information about domestic violence prevention and victim support, contact Crisis Center North at http://crisiscenternorth.org, or call the hotline at 412-364-5556 or call toll-free at 866-782-0911.

Public invited to attend free program by multicultural activist, choreographer

Penn State Beaver invites the public to attend a free presentation by Deo Mwano, speaker, multicultural activist and choreographer, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Student Union Building auditorium.

At the age of 7, Mwano witnessed the assassination of his father in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In danger of facing their own death, he, his mother and three brothers escaped to the United States in 2000. Once here, he and his brothers connected with people through music and dance and became so professional that they all appeared on ABC TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Mwano’s choreography has been performed in South America, Europe, Africa and Asia through Youth with a Mission Performing Arts Program. He has also worked with the Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute by teaching dance and serving as a community adviser.

Funding support for the program is provided by the Beaver campus Student Activity Fee and the Penn State Student Activities Cultural Grant. Mwano has mentored and been a dance instructor for Bringing Refugees, Immigrants and Neighbors Gently into Tomorrow. He was a guest speaker on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth” program speaking on behalf of the refugee community and was a member of the panel discussion focused on the documentary “Uprooted.” He was also a guest speaker at the TEDxAmoskeagMillyard hosted by Southern New Hampshire University.

He currently works as a learning coach team leader for College For America at Southern New Hampshire University. Mwano holds a master’s degree in business administration and strategic leadership, and a bachelor’s degree in political science, history and international relations from New England College. For information, visit Mwano’s website at http://www.deomwano.com, or contact Jen Toof, Beaver campus coordinator of student activities and residence life, at jlt46@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

New staff member joins Beaver's Housing and Food Services Office

Patricia McDermott has joined the Penn State Beaver Office of Housing and Food Services as staff assistant. Former staff assistant Darlene Mancini retired and is now a part-time cashier in the campus food court, the Brodhead Bistro. McDermott has worked as a ticketing, reservations and gate agent for US Airways in Pittsburgh. She was also a closing coordinator for Service Link, Hopewell Township, and was a scheduling specialist and receptionist at Gateway Rehabilitation’s Aliquippa facility.

Prior to moving into her current position, McDermott worked for two years as a part-time cashier in the Bistro. She can be contacted at pjm38@psu.edu or 724-773-3775.

Continuing Education Office will offer nursing home administrator courses

This spring the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer a series of courses for nursing home administrators, who must complete 48 hours of coursework every two years. The following courses are four hours in length and will be held at Beaver campus. These courses are approved by the PA Department of Public Welfare for personal care home administrators and the State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. Fee for each course is $60. "Facilitation Skills for Educating Your Staff" from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, April 4, "Caring for the Veteran" from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 4, "Dealing with Difficult People" 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 5 and "Effective Communication: It’s Not All Words" from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5. To register for a course(s) or for more information, contact the Office of Continuing at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: Feb. 14 to 19

Friday, Feb. 14
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 99, Penn State Hazleton 64
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 83, Penn State Hazleton 80

Saturday, Feb. 15
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 102, Penn State Worthington Scranton 70
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 91, Penn State Worthington Scranton 74

Wednesday, Feb. 19
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 88, Penn State Hazleton 64

For scores and play-by-play details or for information about Beaver intercollegiate or intramural athletics, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com or contact Andy Kirschner, athletic director, at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826, or BJ Bertges, assistant athletic director, at bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845.

Girls’ Basketball Clinic set for March 2

The Penn State Beaver Athletic Department and the Office of Continuing Education will offer a Girls’ Basketball Clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 2. The program is open to girls in grades three through eight. The fee is $25 and includes a clinic T-shirt. Attendees are also invited to watch the Beaver campus women’s basketball team practice in the gym from 10 to 11 a.m.

Tim Moore, head coach of Beaver’s women’s basketball team, will instruct participants in the fundamentals of shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding and defense, and will discuss what it takes to be a successful student-athlete.

Moore’s staff and members of his team will assist with the program. For more information, contact the Athletic Department at bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845. To register for either event, contact the Office of Continuing Education at bjb23@psu.edu or 724-773-3761.